TERMS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE EUROPEAN SATELLITE NAVIGATION COMPETITION 2013 OF ANWENDUNGSZENTRUM GMBH OBERPFAFFENHOFEN
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INITIATOR OF THE EUROPEAN SATELLITE NAVIGATION COMPETITION 2013
Initiator of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013 is Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.
The European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013 is being held under the patronage of the Bavarian Ministry of Economics, Transport, Infrastructure and Technology.
SUBJECT MATTER OF THE COMPETITION
With the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013, the initiator intends to gather ideas / solutions for commercial applications of satellite navigation and promote individual ideas by offering prizes.
RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE
Enterprises, scientific institutions, and individuals of legal adult age are entitled to participate in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013.
SUBMISSION PERIOD OF THE EUROPEAN SATELLITE NAVIGATION COMPETITION 2013
You are requested to electronically submit your contributions from April 1st, 2013 until 12:00 p.m. CET on June 30th, 2013 (refer to the procedure described below).
The execution and handling of the competition will be exclusively in English and via the internet. You can therefore only enter your ideas / solutions in English via the Internet using the entry form at the web address www.galileo-masters.eu. You may temporarily save and process the content and statements for your idea on the server until they have the desired form.
Upon logging in, you must choose a password for accessing your saved data (your account). Prior to setting your password, you must maintain specific personal data that will be electronically stored, used and processed when carrying out the competition and awarding the prizes. Upon registration you may indicate whether you are interested in receiving patent consulting. If you indicate yes, your idea description will be passed on to Maiwald Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in case you are nominated as regional or special prize winner. Maiwald will then offer patent consulting worth in total EUR 9,000 to three winners (to be selected from all regional and special prize winners who indicated yes upon registration and do not already receive patent consulting through another partner as part of their prize).
After logging in, you must select a region for your idea / solution; that region's expert team will review your idea. As such, the regions available for selection will be: Aquitaine/France, Arab Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Austria, Baden-Württemberg/Germany, Bavaria/Germany, Bulgaria, Catalonia/Spain, Czech Republic, Estonia, Flanders/Belgium, Gipuzkoa/Spain, Hesse/Germany, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Lombardy/Italy, Mexico, Nice-Sophia Antipolis/France, North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany, Norway, ěresund/Denmark&Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
New regions may be added during the competition runtime. Any additional region will be announced on the competition website www.galileo-masters.eu. The list of regions stated in these terms of participation always reflects the most current status.
You may enter more than one idea using the same personal account (= different new solutions), but you are not allowed to enter the same idea in different regions or for different special prizes.
During the competition, the regional organisers and special prize sponsors may contact you anonymously. This means your contact data will not be revealed. The purpose of them having the possibility to contact you, is to assist and support you with your participation. Your contact data will only be revealed when you answer such a request or after the winners have been selected.
You must submit your idea and fill out the mandatory data and fields in the database no later than 12.00 p.m. CET on June 30th, 2013. Only those ideas / solutions that contain all the mandatory information will be considered. Your idea / solution will then be submitted to the expert panel of your chosen region and, if chosen, to the expert panel of the respective special prize sponsor. All experts assigned with the evaluation of the submitted ideas must commit to a non-disclosure agreement before the ideas are put forward for evaluation. This non-disclosure agreement will be concluded between Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and each of the experts.
The evaluation of the ideas is an anonymous process. Each idea will receive its own identification number. During the evaluation process, the experts are only able to see this ID. However, some regions or special prize sponsors may invite a small number of finalists to deliver a personal pitch. If you are invited to present your idea to the experts personally, your identity will obviously be disclosed. However, at this stage you will already be nominated as a finalist.
With your participation, you agree that your contact details will be passed on to the regional partner of the region in which you have registered your idea and, if chosen, to the respective special prize sponsor after the database has been closed and the winners have been chosen. That partner / sponsor may contact you to determine whether you are interested in moving forward with your idea.
Participants in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013 also have the option of competing for seven special prizes sponsored by industry and research partners. After logging in, you can decide whether you would like to also enter your idea / solution for one of these prizes awarded by the following companies / institutions: the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the European Patent Office (EPO), metaio GmbH and the FP7 project GENIUS.
These prizes will be awarded independently of participation in a partner region of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013. Each of these partner organisations will have their own expert team to evaluate the ideas / solutions submitted for one of these prizes.
Each prize will be awarded to an idea for a solution or application based on its usefulness in completing certain tasks devised by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and the partner. The industry and research partners thus stand to gain innovative solution approaches to specific problems and issues.
The winner of the prize awarded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will have the opportunity to realise the idea at a suitable incubation centre of their choice within the EU27 for six months, with the option of an additional six months based on evaluation after the first period. The award criteria will be the uniqueness and originality of the idea, its business (and social) potential, the credibility of the corresponding team, and the application's use of unique EGNOS/Galileo features.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for innovative ideas that can be immediately implemented and quickly nurtured into profitable businesses via the creation of a start-up company at one of the seven ESA's Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) or other incubators in the European Space Incubators Network (ESINET). The winner should thus be willing to create a start-up (if they have not already) and apply to an ESA BICs or one of ESINET's member institutions for incubation. The winner will receive a cash award of EUR 10,000.
The winner of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) prize will receive a voucher for five man-months of DLR services (a EUR 50,000 value) to aid in the further development of their idea, including technical support for research activities, access to testing and simulation facilities, expert advice, and feasibility or concept studies. These services will thus support the idea's eventual realisation. While all contestants will demonstrate their innovation competence merely by participating, the winner will enjoy the added benefit having the DLR Special Prize on their record as a testament of quality.
The European Patent Office (EPO) will award a prize to the best GNSS application innovation that has been granted a European patent. The prize will recognise the best patented GNSS related innovation based on its high economic potential, strong technological impact, and outstanding benefits for today's society. The winner will be shortlisted for the prestigious European Inventor Award 2014. If nominated by the jury, the winner will be included in a Europe-wide publicity campaign during the spring of 2014 and obtain a dedicated marketing support package that will include integration in high-ranking media partnerships. In addition, the winner and two runners-up will receive an economic study (valued at approx. EUR 5,000) on the market potential of their patent in the corresponding field of technology.
metaio GmbH will award the most innovative location-based Augmented Reality application with a package of services worth approx. EUR 10,000. The detailed services will be announced shortly.
The ESNC University Challenge aims to bridge the gap from GNSS research and academia to entrepreneurship. In addition to addressing students and research associates with a background in aerospace and GNSS-specific courses of study, the ESNC University Challenge seeks to reach out to any young researchers working in areas of potential applications, be they prospective automotive engineers, logistics providers, game and other mobile application developers, or health promoters. The evaluators will focus on creativity and market needs rather than the technological perfection of the business ideas submitted. The winner of the University Challenge will receive a EUR 1,000 cash prize provided by GENIUS. More details on this special prize will be published shortly.
The GNSS Living Lab Prize will reward one or more winners with the opportunity to conduct a "reality check trial" in a suitable Living Lab along with relevant user communities and potential future customers. The winning innovator(s) will thus benefit from the chance to validate their idea, conduct user-oriented engineering of their product or service, develop their entrepreneurial team, and intensify their network of industrial relationships. Three Living Labs with different focus topics (media or health) are available to conduct a reality check trial with a suitable candidate.
Any participant wishing to compete for one of the special prizes can indicate as such when registering for the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013 by choosing from the dropdown menu in the online database:
GSA: The most promising EGNOS application idea
ESA: ESA Innovation Prize
DLR: Robust GNSS - Safety for Success
EPO: Best patented Innovation
metaio: The most innovative location-based Augmented Reality application
GNSS Living Lab Prize
Choosing none of the options will automatically be taken as an indication of non-participation.
AWARDING OF PRIZES
The regional expert teams will select, at their discretion, one idea for each participating region, which will undergo a final qualification (regional winners). From these regional winners and the special prize winners, an international expert team will select the overall winner, the GALILEO Master 2013.
The ceremony for the GALILEO Master 2013, the regional winners, and the special prize winners will take place on November 5th, 2013 in Munich. In addition, each panel of experts may nominate up to five runners-up.
All winners furthermore qualify for patent consulting worth in total EUR 9,000 provided by Maiwald Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in case they have indicated upon registration that they are interested in patent consulting and do not already receive patent consulting through another partner as part of the prize.
The main prize will be a grant of EUR 20,000 awarded by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and the European GNSS Agency. In addition, the GALILEO Master will have the opportunity to realise their idea as part of a six-month incubation programme in the region of their choice.
When filling out the online questionnaire, you are asked to optionally summarise your idea. Regardless of your placing, this abstract will be published on the competition website www.galileo-masters.eu after the international evaluation meeting. Thus, the visitors of the website will have the opportunity to vote for an audience award. The audience award gives you an additional chance of recognition for your idea. The publication of your abstract will be anonymous, however visitors of the website will have the opportunity to get in contact with you via an anonymous contact form. In addition, the winner of the Audience Award will receive an iPad from Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.
We have taken measures in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013 to ensure the confidentiality of your transmitted idea / solution. The transmitted ideas / solutions and the saved treatment statuses will be protected against any access by unauthorised third parties. The personnel and experts charged with carrying out the competition are committed to treating all matters confidentially.
During the awards ceremony, the awarded ideas / solutions will also be made public along with the prize winners. The abstracts of the ideas competing for the Audience Award will be made public anonymously after the international evaluation meeting which will take place in September 2013.
By participating in this competition, each participant agrees that the Organiser may use the name, address, comments, likeness, photos (incl. photos taken of the winner at the ESNC Awards Ceremony), and a description of the idea, if the participant accepts any prize, in publicity or advertising concerning this competition or otherwise in any medium now known or hereafter devised (including the internet or other interactive networks) at any place and time without further compensation or right of review and agrees to waive his/her rights with respect to such publicity and advertising.
Once an idea / solution has been publicly recognised, Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen takes no further responsibility regarding the further cooperation of the respective winner with any of the prize sponsors, regional management organisations or members of the expert panels. This also includes cases in which no cooperation between a winner and the respective prize sponsor or regional management organisation materialises despite the award.
The rights you hold pertaining to your idea / solution will remain with you. Whether you realise your ideas by yourself or with a partner selected by you is left to your discretion. Through participation in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013, you will not acquire any rights to the idea. We strongly recommend that you discuss the protection of your idea / solution with the management team of the region for which you intend to submit your idea / solution, as they should have access to experts experienced in this field (e.g. patent agents, lawyers). You may protect your idea by applying for a patent, utility model, or another form of protection right.
Prior to your participation in the competition, you should notify your employer of your idea if you have developed it in or in connection with your employment. Through your participation in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013 and/or the publication of the idea / solution during the awards ceremony, any protection of your idea (if not previously protected by a patent) may be rendered void or otherwise lost. Your idea may become common property. We strongly recommend that you sufficiently protect your idea.
Despite all our efforts to keep your idea / information confidential prior to its publication, you understand and acknowledge that we do not assume any liability for any damage resulting from your idea / information becoming public.
In participating, you affirm that you are the sole owner of all rights pertaining to the idea submitted and that your participation will not violate the rights of any third party. Should any third-party rights nonetheless come to light, you further affirm that Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen will not be made liable for any amount of resulting damages / claims.
The award decisions will not be subject to dispute in a court of law. Decisions of the experts of the competition are final and binding for all participants in all aspects of the competition. Participants have no right to a statement of the experts' decisions.
Each winner is responsible for all federal, state, local, provisional and other taxes.
The Organiser reserves the right to modify these terms, including any of the deadlines set forth herein, at any time.
Participation in this competition shall be governed by German law. Place of jurisdiction shall be Munich, Germany.
For information on the competition, please visit: www.galileo-masters.eu
If you have any further questions, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to your region's main contact point.